Morgan County High School competition cheerleaders begin season

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team participated in their first meet last Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Grayson High School in Loganville. Out of the three AAA teams in attendance, the MCHS team placed third, but Competition Cheerleading Coach Christen Seabolt said that the purpose of the meets leading up to the regional meet is to prepare the team for the regional meet. “We were all in all very proud of our performance from Saturday,” began Coach Seabolt. “As to be expected, …

Zack Stone takes sixth at Athens Academy for MCHS

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer At the Athens Academy Home Meet, held last Thursday, Sept. 19, five members of the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Cross Country team placed in the top 20 positions in the Boys’ 5K and Girls’ 5K races. For the Boys’ 5K, Zack Stone led the MCHS team with a time of 19:22.20, earning him a sixth-place finish. Luke Zimmerman came in ninth place, close behind Stone with a time of 19:33.03. Next in the Boys’ race was Wyatt Howard, who took the twenty-fifth spot at …

The do’s and don’ts of hunting camps: Your checklist

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By Alvin Richardson Deer season is underway for the archery guys and just around the corner is opening day for the hunters who favor smoke poles (muzzle loaders) and traditional firearms. With that in mind I thought it an opportune time to send along a few tips about your hunting camp excursions. Many hunters like to attend these informal gatherings that meet mostly on weekends in some woods as far away from home as possible – kind of like a vacation if you will. These camps are paid for in …

MCMS Dogs defeat Loganville Red Devils 12-8

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Next up for MCMS The MCMS Dogs will take on Youth Middle Oct. 2 and then Social Circle Oct. 9, both on the road. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Morgan County Middle School Bulldogs beat the Loganville Red Devils 12-8 at home for their third victory of the regular season. The Bulldogs first drive ended quickly, and their second began only on their own 13-yard line after stopping Loganville from converting a first down. Demacion Normon was able to break several tackles for a 23-yard gain to …

Spike Dogs lose to Oconee, beat Hart

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School Spike Dogs traveled to North Oconee last Thursday to take on two tough teams: North Oconee and Hart. In the past, both North Oconee and Hart have proved to be a challenge for the Bulldogs. In the first set both the JV and varsity teams of Spike Dogs were defeated by the North Oconee Titans. For the JV girls, the second set was about sticking with North Oconee. They worked hard tying the set multiple times. However, the Titans eventually pulled …

Morgan wins one, loses one at Lady Dog Invitational

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School varsity Lady Dogs beat opponent Locust Grove 5-2 during Saturday’s Lady Dog Invitational Medal Games before losing to Social Circle 5-11. Earlier in the week, the Dogs beat region opponents Jackson County and Elbert County 7-6 and 9-0, respectively. The win over Jackson County went 10 innings. The game was tied at 6-6 until the bottom of the 10th, when a sacrifice fly by Alisha Ellis gave Morgan County a walk-off win. The Dogs kicked off their game against the …

Mad-town Skate-boys (and girls)

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By Nick Nunn A couple of weeks back, at a Madison City Council meeting, Chad Foster spoke to the council about the possibility of building a skateboard park at one of Madison’s existing parks. In broad terms, Foster outlined what a proposed skate park would require as far as construction, area and cost; noted that Rutledge and many cities near Madison already have skate parks; and repeatedly described skateboarding as a “safe” activity for individual athletes. It was only at that point – his insistence that skateboarding is safe – …

MCHS cross country competes in E. Jackson Eagle Invitational

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At E. Jackson Boys 5K (Sixth of 14) Jeremy Craft, 16th place; Dalton Shaw, 27th place; Luke Zimmerman, 33rd place Girls 5K (Ninth of 12) Yakira Chapman, 44th place; Carolina Zant, 47th place By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team competed in the Seventh Annual Eagle Invitational, which was held at East Jackson High School last Thurs., Sept. 12. As a team, the MCHS boys placed sixth out of 14 teams in the Varsity Boys 5K race, with an average time of 18:37.68. …

Spike Dogs defeat Prince Avenue, Jackson County on the road

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School Spike Dogs were on the road last week, traveling to different area schools. The varsity team took on Prince Avenue and Jackson County at Prince on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The varsity and JV Dogs traveled to Hart County Sept. 14. And, while the varsity team took Saturday off, the JV team headed to Oconee County for a Play Day. The varsity Spike Dogs fought Prince in a three-set match on Sept. 12. Prince Avenue took the first set, edging out Morgan …

For the trophy-hunting outdoorsman, size matters

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By Alvin Richardson I caught my first trophy bass at around the age of six and I’ll never forget that day. The big fish hit a plastic worm that I was inexpertly dragging along the bottom of our small pond. The day had been slow to that point and my attention to detail had no doubt waned somewhat in the hot summer sun. A few minutes after the bass actually struck I realized the line was going sideways so I feverishly tightened up the line and set the hook. After …

MCMS beats Monticello 32-18

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Next Up The MCMS Dogs took on Loganville this Wednesday, Sept. 18, and play the Putnam War Eagles next Wednesday at home, 4:30 p.m. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School Bulldogs beat the Monticello Purple Hurricanes 32-18 last Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Jasper County. The victory marks the Dogs’ second win of the season for a 2-0 record so far. Morgan County received the opening kickoff but held onto the ball for only three plays before punting back to the Hurricanes. Monticello ran an eight-play drive before …

Greene’s a wrap, now to Putnam

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer From the very beginning, the Bulldogs’ 31-16 win over Greene County was a little rough around the edges. Including Greene County’s first attempt at a kickoff at the start of the game, the first five plays of the game resulted in a penalty. Three of those were against Morgan County, which resulted in a first-and-thirty-nine for the Dogs right off the bat. Fortunately, the Bulldogs were able to come together and pull themselves out of that deep yardage for a first down, but Morgan County …

Columnist: On top of old Stoney

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer A couple of weeks back, I suggested that we all try to get out a bit more often to see more of the natural beauty of Georgia, beginning perhaps with the so-called seven natural wonders of Georgia. In order to minimize my sense of hypocrisy – oh, it is always there, I just try to push it as far back as possible most of the time – I decided that it wouldn’t kill me to get out last Saturday and go to the most accessible …

MCHS JV girls cross country team ranks high at North Oconee High meet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV girls cross country team placed highly at the North Oconee Home Meet on Sept. 5, with Yakira Chapman taking first place with a time of 25:56.36. Carolina Zant, Jessie Pagett and Maddie Allen also placed in the top 10 for the JV girls’ race. Zach Stone finished in the 24th spot of the varsity boys’ race with a time of 19:53.06. Luke Zimmerman came in 33rd place in that race as well, and, overall, the team placed eighth …

MCMS beats Monticello and Putnam

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Lady Dogs softball team defeated Monticello 8-4 and Putnam County 18-6 on Aug. 27 and 29, respectively, before losing to Loganville last Friday 2-4. The Lady Dogs’ 8-4 victory over Monticello marked the first win of the season for the Dogs. Morgan County’s batters were steady at the plate. Alissa Webb hit three singles in four at bats, Madison Henry was four for four with three singles and a double, Caroline Thomas hit a single and a double, and …

MCMS beats Carver Middle School 28-24 in season opener

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School football team beat the Carver Middle School Wildcats 28-24 at home for their first game of the regular season on Sept. 4. During the Bulldogs’ preseason game against Carson Middle School on Aug. 24, Morgan County beat the Carson Tigers 20-0. The Dogs received the first kickoff of the game but did not score until their second drive, when Tremon Moore was able to make a 65-yard run for the first Morgan County touchdown. Deyondray White kicked the extra point …

Spike Dogs lose to Oconee, dominate over Central Gwinnett

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School JV and varsity Spike Dogs found themselves on the road this week to play in neighboring Oconee County. Morgan took on Oconee County as well as Central Gwinnett high schools last Tuesday, Sept. 5. While the varsity Dogs welcomed back previously injured team member Riley Moss, many of the JV players were missing this week, which meant first-time starters on the JV side of the game. “I feel like, even though a lot of our girls were not here for other …

How tractor engineering lost World War II

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By Alvin Richardson As an old history teacher I’m always on the lookout for events that changed the course of our country and world. I ran across one from a surprising source the other day and this story will chronicle that event as best I can. Be patient and follow along closely so as not to get lost in the details. I have sworn under oath in this space that fixing stuff is not my cup of tea but I have a natural affinity for actually using weed eaters and …

Lady Dogs beat Athens Christian, lose to Eastside during Invitational games

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer On Sept. 4, the Morgan County High School Lady Dogs put Athens Christian behind 12-5 before losing to Eastside 6-8 during pool qualifying games for the Lady Dogs Invitational medal games, which will take place this Saturday at Heritage Park. After the Lady Dogs secured their 12-5 win over Athens Christian for the first game in a double-header, they got a quick lead over Eastside with two runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI triple by Aubree Cox and an RBI by Laree …

Greene County in Morgan’s headlights

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Next Up The MCHS Dogs play arch-rival the Greene County Tigers this Friday, Sept. 6 at Bill Corry Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer “It’s a one-week season,” says MCHS football Head Coach Bill Malone, who pauses to see if he needs to explain himself. He does. This is what he means: during the course of the 2013 football season, the coaching staff and athletes are taking the perspective of looking at each game as its own little season. The 35-7 victory over Monticello …